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Orwell Methodist Church


22nd July 1960

First Methodist Church
The cause of Methodism is strong in Orwell. It began with the preaching of the Rev. William Hicks in 1759, and the first chapel was built (for £150) in 1823. The foundation stone of this chapel was built into the porch of the present chapel, on the same site, in 1906. In the inter­val .funds for the re-building were assisted by the preaching of Gipsy Smith, who addressed large congre­gations in a barn at Manor Farm. The bi-centenary of Methodist preaching in the Cambridge area was celebrated on June llth last year by a great rally in Orwell—the even­ing meeting was held in Messrs. Arnolds' barn, one of the finest in the country and the largest building in the neighbourhood.
For this occasion, an informative handbook on the history of Method-­ism in Cambs. was prepared by Mr. Alan Miller, a well-known and knowledgeable Orwellian.
Orwell has two schools, a County Primary and a Church School. The latter is unusually old — how old is not really known, but fully 200 years ago two farms were giver, to pro­vide a living for a master (£15 a year) and mistress (£10 a year) and the foundation has certainly con­tinued since then. But Church School building is soon to close. A new Junior Church School - a rare feature these days — is to be built in the village, the intention be­ing that it shal] serve certain neigh­bouring parishes as well. Whether or not the existing County Primary will also close seems to be a matter of some controversy
Like others of its kind, the Village Hall dates from the nineteen thirties with "plumbing portion" additions recently   Next to it is the old lock-up. or Pound. One old inhabitant can remember this little building as a cobbler's shop, also that it was once a home for a family who could not find anywhere else to live!
In the nature of things, many local crafts have died out. The last saddler was Mr William Miller – he was also Clerk to the Parish Council- who passed on a decade he was over eighty. But Ellis Parcell continues the smithy in High Street that his father bad before him, and Dick Newell, who had a smithy at New Orwell, is — at eighty plus - living in retirement.

25th November 1960

On Wednesday evening, November 16th, the Methodist Church was well filled to see four short Missionary plays given by the scholars of the Sunday School and members of the Church. These were arranged by the missionary secretary, Mrs. A. H. Miller and announced by the minister, Rev. R. P. Lovegrove, of Royston, with Mr. D. Miller at the piano for the singing of the hymns and the intermediate music between the plays. The first of the four plays was called "Fishers of Men" and those taking the different parts were: Simon, a fisherman — M. Mander, Andrew, his brother — D. Arnold, Zebedee — C. Burling, Rebecca, his wife — S. Thurman, James and John, their sons — A. Simes and M. Titchmarsh, Philip - K. Wright, Bartholomew — D. Miller, Daniel and Job. hired servants of Zebedee — A. Brown and T. Brown. The play was in two scenes — First scene, On the shores of Lake Galilee, and scene 2, In the house of Zebedee, a little later. All those taking part were Sunday School scholars and each acquited themselves very well indeed.
The second play was entitled, "Jairus' Daughter," and those taking the different parts being: John —K. Wright, Peter — S. Hawkins, James — B. Mayes, Andrew — B. Pearce, Jairus —K. Charter, His servant — A. Hawkins, Sick woman - S. Thurman, First and second men in crowd — C. Pammenter and N. Malthouse. This play was also in two parts — Scene 1, By Lake Galilee near Capernaum, and scene 2, In the courtyard, outside Jairus' house.
The third play was entitled, "Be­hind the Stamp," and the senior scholars of the Sunday School took the parts of this most interesting play. The dialogue being of very high standard indeed with Joan — played by S. Robinson and Marjorie, her sister played by- L. Attridge, setting a very interesting scene in conversing with different writers of the separate letters sent out. All the players did their parts well and without any help of the very capable prompter, Mrs. Attridge. The others in the cast were: The messenger—S. Miller, Indian girl — J. Mills, African girl — P. Hewlett, Chinese girl — G. Mander, Japanese girl — K. Charter, and Canadian girl — L. Wilkins. The setting — A Room in the home of Joan and Marjorie.
The fourth and last of the plays was played in the main by the older members of the Church, being en­titled "The Other Inn," with Dorcas an inn-keeper, being well portrayed by Miss D. Green. The rest of cast playing their parts very well in-deed, included the Speaker - C. Mander, Mary, the mother of Jesus — E. Bollen, John, the disciple — M. Green, Servant at the Inn — D. Sell, Rich Merchant — J. Thomp­son, Rich woman — M. Simes, Rich Woman's Maid — E. Course, Sick woman - C. Simes, Poor girl — M. Mayes.
The setting being Outside Dorcas' Inn, about three years after the death of Jesus.
The result of this very excellent effort for Missionary Work resulted in the amount of nearly £10 being raised, and thanks go to the very untiring secretary of this work for the Church, and all who helped to make the evening so successful and interesting to the good congregation  present. It goes to show that village life can still be interesting and entertaining to the present day and generation.

30 December 1960

Carol singing. — A party from the Methodist Church, not deterred by the very foggy weather, toured the village on Sunday evening. Dec. 18th, singing carols, being accompanied by Mr. D. J. Miller on the harmonium which made the singing sound very joyful on the night air. The harmonium was carried on a motor vehicle kindly lent by Mr. Hawkins. The result of the collection, which was for the National Children's Home, amounted to £11 10s. 6d.
United Fellowship. — Despite the very unpleasant weather about 60 people were present for the United Fellowship held this month at Orwell Methodist Church. Mr. Ilett. of Meldreth, being in the chair, Mrs. P. Hughes, of Foxton, offered prayer and Mrs. Poulter. of Haslingfield, read the lesson, and a most stirring address was given by the Rev. A. C. Morris, of Wesley Church, Cambridge, light refreshments being served in the Schoolroom.
Methodist Church. —  Overseas Missionary meetings  were held recently at the Methodist Church, commencing on the Saturday evening when the Rev. Ernest Sawyer showed slides on Ghana, where he had spent 20 years and gave a most interesting and enlightening conmentary. The Missionary Secretary gave a most satisfactor report of the past year's work, showing that the money raised for the overseas missions   during the year ending last January amounted to over £80, and that results so far received for the ensuing year were very encouraging indeed. The secretary thanked everyone present for their help throughout the past year, the scripture lesson at this service was read by Michael Mander and at the close of the meeting light refreshments were served. The missionary meetings were continued on the Sunday when the Rev. Sawyer spoke to a very full Sunday School showing various things of interest he had brought back from Ghana with him. There were good congregations present at both morning and evening services when the    lessons were read by Miss Susan Miller and Miss Pauline Hewlett, the Rev. Sawyer also read very striking modern paraphrases of the Good Samaritan and Hebrews II. The collections for overseas Missions amounted to over £11.
Carol Service. — The Annual Sunday School Carol and Gift service was held on Sunday afternoon, December 18th, at the  Methodist Church when there was a good congregation present, the children bringing many lovely gifts were received by Mrs. Binney on behalf of the Children of the London Mission. These were placed round the lighted Christmas Tree, kindly given by Mrs. Carbonnel. The service commenced with the sing of  "O come all ye faithful" the scholars sang "A Boy is Born" followed by the Juniors singing "Away in a Manger" the  verse being sung by Anne Hawkins. Angela Jacobs, and Angela Pearce. Then the scholars sang "Child in a Manger" and the senior girls "Come see this little stranger" and then scholars "Infant Holy" some of the of the verses of "See amid the winter snow" being sung by Betty Mayes. Heather Osborne and Brenda Pearce. Continuing, the scholars sang "Good Christian men rejoice" the congregation joining in the singing of the carols "The first Nowell" and "Once in Royal David's City." The Rev. A. Binney, superintendent minister, gave a short address to the children wishing them a happy Christmas. The service was presided over by Miss Shirley Robinson and the lessons beautifully read by Colin Burling, Kay Charter, Keith Wright and Linda Wilkins, the organist being Mr. D J Miller. The collection for the Methodist Homes for the Aged, taken up be Michael Titchmarsh, Douglas Arnold, Keith Charter and Arthur Simes, amounted to £7 9s 5d.

20th November 1960

Overseas Missions – In the Missionary year just ended the Methodist Church Society has benefitted by the sum of £94 2s 1d made up as follows – Boxes £23 1s 7d; Medical boxes £20 14s 4d; annual meetings Saturday £4 3s 2d Sunday £7 6s. 3d; subscription £5 17s; collection and sale of programmes at Missionary Play £8 0s 2d and £2 12s; supper tickets £4 4s; meeting held by the Rev. Longley £4: Sundav  School subscription 7s 8d; J.M.A. Christmas collecting-cards £7 15s 9d. and New Year Self Denial envelopes £4 5s. 4d., and share of collection at United Fellowship meeting 19s. The Missionary Committee wish to extend their grateful thanks to all the generous help given by so many people and for the wide interest taken in Overseas Mission Work

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